Gary Chapman & Chris Fabry team up for another book, this one addressing how the ancestors of Jesus demonstrate God’s love and grace. As Chapman and Fabry state in the introduction, Jesus was the only person in history that was able to choose who his ancestors were. Did Jesus choose the best of the sinners, the ones that were mostly good, but sinned by telling lies or thinking unkind thoughts about others? No, Jesus chose a lineage of prostitutes, adulterers, murderers, and unwed mothers. Extraordinary Grace shows us what we can learn about God’s grace by exploring the lineage of Jesus.
This book reminded me a little of A Lineage of Grace: Five Stories of Unlikely Women Who Changed Eternity by Francine Rivers, except this book includes both men and women in the lineage of Jesus instead of just five women. I loved that book and I loved this one as well. I was already familiar with the characters (people) in the book, but it is always a good reminder to review the stories. For readers who are not familiar with the stories of the people, Chapman and Fabry share the stories in a meaningful, engaging manner.
This book is a great reminder that there is no limit to God’s love for us and forgiveness of our sins through Jesus, and that He can use any one to fulfill His purposes. This is a message of great hope. No matter our pasts, we can have a glorious future. In the example of Rahab the prostitute, readers see that God can take someone of low standing and pull them in close to Him to demonstrate his love.
This is a great book for a wide variety of readers. It is interesting from a historical standpoint to explore the family tree of Jesus. However, it is even more meaningful for believers who have difficulty they are fully forgiven, or having a hard time moving on from past regrets. This is a great book by two wonderful authors!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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